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News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (Oct. 26, 2014)
Eastman dean celebrated, professors honored, bring ID for shuttle, public safety reminder, theses presentations
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OCT. 26, 2014
News and Announcements

Appointment of Eastman Dean Celebrated Today

Jamal Rossi will be formally installed as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music during a ceremony that will begin at 5 p.m. today, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Students are invited to the ceremony. Read more...

Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching

The 2014 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching were presented to Julie Bentley, associate professor of optics; Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English; and Jonathan Pakianathan, associate professor of mathematics. Read more...

Shuttle Riders: Start Carrying IDs on You

Parking and Transportation must collect University-shuttle ridership data for faculty, staff, and students using the Red, Orange, Green, Blue, College Town Express, Silver, and Gold lines. Effective Monday, Oct. 27, riders must swipe their University ID badges upon boarding these shuttle buses. For more information, contact Andrea Walton at 275-5953.

Public Safety: How to Stay Safe in the Dark

Public Safety is reminding members of the University community to exercise personal safety habits now that the the days are shorter, and darkness falls earlier:

  • Do not walk in the wooded and unlighted area between the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge entrance and Riverview Apartments in the evening and nighttime. The bridge and trails are closed from dusk until dawn.
  • Always use lighted walkways, including the pedestrian path along Plymouth Avenue South that includes access to Blue Light Emergency Phones.
  • Enjoy the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge for recreational activity during the day; after dark, use the lighted University pedestrian bridge and walkways that include Blue Light Emergency Phones.
  • Use University shuttles. The Gold Line shuttle operates between Rush Rhees Library and Riverview Apartments, with evening and weekend service.
  • Safe Ride Home service also provides safe and reliable transportation between River Campus and off-campus residential locations, including Riverview Apartments, after shuttle hours.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Keeping alert is your best defense.
  • Let property go if a robber demands it. Property can be replaced.
  • If you are the victim of a crime, as soon as it is safe to do so, call Public Safety at 275-3333 or call the police by dialing 9-1-1.

Visit Public Safety's website for more tips and information.

Doctoral Candidates to Present Theses

The following PhD thesis defenses are scheduled:

  • Jason Inzana, biomedical engineering, "Three-Dimensional Printing of Antibiotic-laden Calcium Phosphates for Treatment of Orthopaedic Implant-associated Bone Infections," 8 a.m., Friday, Nov. 7, 101 Goergen. Advisor: Hani Awad.
  • Kuan-Ching (Chris) Tseng, chemical engineering, "The Potential Therapeutic Approaches to Improve Peripheral Nerve Theisen, Optics, "Polarimetric Properties of Optically Resonant Nanostructures," 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 109 Goergen. Advisor: Thomas Brown.
  • Michael Theisen, optics, "Polarimetric Properties of Optically Resonant Nanostructures," 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 109 Goergen. Advisor: Thomas Brown.
  • Cuicui Wang, pathology, "Investigating the Role of NOTCH Signaling in Fracture Repair," 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 3-7619 Upper Adolph Auditorium. Advisor: Matthew Hilton.

Don't Forget Your Flu Shot

University Health Service reminds and encourages students to take part in the campus-wide flu vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Goergen Athletic Center. No appointments are needed. The cost of the flu shot will be billed to your health insurance, so bring your University ID and insurance card to the clinic. Write to with questions.

Come 'Tech-or-Treating' This Halloween

The UR Tech Store invites you to take advantage of a special deal being offered Friday, Oct. 31. The first 50 people to come in costume will receive a prize. Also on Oct. 31 the store is offering discounted Apple laptops and iPads, including up to $75 off current-generation laptops and up to $20 off iPads. The offers are available for in-store products and personal purchases only, while supplies last. (The special offers do not apply to the Macbook Pro or the non-Retina version of the iPad Mini.) Visit one of the store's locations in Rush Rhees Library or the Medical Center (G-7220B) for more information.

Boren Graduate Fellowship Info Session Scheduled

A program officer from the Boren Awards Program will host an information session from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, on the Boren Graduate Fellowship. It will take place in Dewey 2-110C. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 to graduate students in any field who are U.S. citizens to spend a year abroad pursuing language study as well as discipline-specific coursework, research, or internships to advance their academic and career goals. Applicants design their own programs to meet their individual needs but must include language study in their proposals. Boren funds study in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Eurasia, and the Middle East. Preference is given to candidates interested in enhancing U.S. capacity related to national security and competitiveness in these world regions. The application deadline is Jan. 27.

Rochester in the News

Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food in Favor of Sex, Study Shows

The Telegraph (Oct. 16)
A study by University researchers points to how subtle changes in the brain's circuitry dictate differences in behavior between males and females.

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